Jawans killed in a deadly maoist attack in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra

NCP chief Sharad Pawar demands Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis' resignation after deadly Naxal attack

NCP chief Sharad Pawar demands Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis' resignation after deadly Naxal attack

"Anguished to know that our 16 police personnel from Gadchiroli C-60 force got martyred in a cowardly attack by naxals today".

Suspected leftist insurgents killed at least 15 police and a civilian driver in a landmine attack on two security vehicles on Wednesday in the western state of Maharashtra, police said, as the state celebrated its foundation day.

Maoists rebels blew up a security vehicle in Gadchiroli bordering Chhattisgarh, killing at least 15 Indian commandoes.

The distance between the places where the IED was detonated and the vehicles torched is about 25 kilometres, the police said.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh called the attack on the Maharashtra Police personnel "an act of cowardice and desperation".

When they alighted to clear the road of the trees, the blast took place, killing the commandos instantly, the sources said.

Hours after Maoists set ablaze around 30 vehicles in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli, 15 security personnel were killed in an IED explosion on Wednesday - making it the 53rd incident of Maoist-related violence across the country this year, according to data compiled by the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP). "Whatever is to be done, will be done", he said at a press conference in Mumbai.

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C-60 is a quick reaction force. We have the capacity to give a befitting reply. Raj said a search was under way for the attackers.

"Whatever needs to be done, will be done", the DGP said.

"This is a massive tragedy coming on a day when the entire state is celebrating Maharashtra Day", he told newspersons.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar and state Congress president Ashok Chavan sought Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' resignation on the issue. "If more police personnel are needed, we will deploy immediately". "My thoughts & solidarity are with the bereaved families", he wrote. Officials said reinforcements have been rushed to the spot and the injured have been shifted to a civil hospital in Gadchiroli.

Gadchiroli voted in the first phase of national election on April 11. "Yesterday's attack [in which vehicles were torched] was meant to lure the forces", another official said.

Interestingly, the Maoists had put up posters at Dadapur village and across the district condemning the BJP governments at the Centre and in the state, PM Narendra Modi, CM Fadnavis, district guardian minister Ambrishrao Atram and the "Ambani Group" for ravaging the natural resources of the district in the name of development.

January 23 (Gadchiroli): Maoists had gunned down three villagers from Kasnasur in Bhamragad tehsil on January 21, holding them responsible for the police ambush of 40 Maoists in April previous year.

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